Vinyard T. was a younger brother to Albert G. Lawson and was born about 1848 in Pleasant Grove Area, Walker County, Alabama. He died before 1896 in what is now Talihina, LeFlore County, Oklahoma. He married Celia Caroline Evans in Alabama and moved to the Indian Territory before 1880. He can be found in the Wade County, Choctaw Nation records in 1880 as a renter on share of crop to Gilbert W. Dukes. Records indicate he remained a share cropper for the Choctaw Indians and family tradition has it that he may have worked on the railroad when it came through Talihina.
In the back row of the picture from left to right is William David and Jabus 'Jabe' Monroe Lawson.
In the front left to right is Celia Caroline (Evans), A. Josephine 'Josie' and Vinyard T. Lawson.
His family believe his full name is Thomas Vinyard Lawson but all the records that I have found has it as Vinyard, Vinn or Vinn T. Lawson.